MADISON, S.D. - Dickinson State (N.D.) is in a commanding lead after the first day of the 2018 North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Men's Outdoor Track & Field Conference Championships Thursday at Trojan Field. This year's conference meet is hosted by Dakota State (S.D.) University. Rainy and cooler weather featured on the first day of the meet.
The Blue Hawks, who are looking for their fourth straight conference championships, are holding a 14-point lead over second-place Valley City State (N.D.) (49 points, with 44 points coming from the field events).
Jamestown (N.D.) is third with 40 points, followed by Dakota State (S.D.) fourth with 34 points and Waldorf (Iowa) fifth with 10 points. Viterbo (Wis.) has not yet scored a point after the first day of the conference meet.
The day kicked off with UJ's Matthew Young winning the 10,000-meter run title with a new conference meet record. He clocked a time of 32 minutes, 13.83 seconds, breaking the previous old conference time of 33:19.17 set by Dennis Gonzalez of VCSU in 2017. A pair of Dakota State (S.D.) went 2-3 in the race, led by Maxwell Cruse and Braden Curnow.
Cason Reyes of UJ captured the pole vault title after clearing a height measurement of 3.75 meters.
Tyler Quilling and Jay Liggins led the Blue Hawks in the triple jump. Quilling won the title after leaping a distance of 13.99 meters, breaking his previous own conference meet record of 13.90 meters last season. Liggins was second with a measurement of 13.61 meters.
Tyler Lems of Dakota State dominated the hammer throw, tossing a distance of 46.63 meters. Valley City State scored 18 points in the hammer throw by going second- (Roy Allen), third- (Zachary Co) and fourth-place (Garret Roemmich).
Kyle Odegard of VCSU won the javelin throw after throwing 53.75 meters.
The 2018 NSAA Outdoor Track & Field Conference Championships continue on Friday at Trojan Field with a full day of events. First events are set for 10 a.m.
Nick Huntimer, North Star Athletic Association Sports Information Director